I am totally sick of being a Bengals Fan...and I am done. You have done nothing but ruin my life since I can remember. My first game was the AFC Championship game against the Buffalo Bills and I can remember an attitude. An identity. That is all gone. I have wasted the better part of my life wishing and hoping that good players would become great and great players would become famous...and that most importantly, the Bengals would represent my city...your city with the type of team we all want. All that I have received is heartburn and a severe anxiety complex. I will no longer watch this awful team or this awful coaching staff. I have burned all of my jerseys and gear. I am done. This team has not earned one cent of my money, nor have they earned one minute of my time. I will never come back until this team is relocated to Los Angeles and a new owner comes in with an attitude of winning. It is clear to me that even when we have great talent, we are brought to a level of mediocrity only surpassed by those who work at the DMV. I have lived out of market and dragged my family to countless games, paid thousands of dollars for tv so that I can watch this team, and I have bled orange and black so much that even the customers at my business know exactly who I root for. As of this moment I am done. This team has bled me dry of hope and dignity for our professional football team.
This is not an overreaction. I know there are many who have endured far more years than I. I just have to bury my love for this team here and now. We employ a middle linebacker who is just awful. We were forced to re-sign Crocker who is no better than average to replace young guys who don't get it. Our offensive line is awful. Don't even argue that it is because of injury. The steelers were completely beat up on the OL. How do we sign someone in the offseason who hasn't played in 7 games at db? What trainer recommends a rookie coming off of PUP for one practice only to aggravate the injury and be out the remainder of the first half of the season on the active roster? Only the Bengals. Only an organization not willing to do what it takes to win. They have good intentions, but they have only hope for a good outcome. Nothing valid to prove results on the field. And the years of anguish for me and all of you only reinforce these points.
How do we blow a 14-3 lead at home against the Steelers? Again? How do we let them run all over us without throwing a pass for 3 possessions? How do we let Heath Miller score a touchdown and then a 2 point conversion on the same series? How can we not beat the 0-5 Browns and the 1-4 Dolphins? How does the coach challenge plays that clearly do not benefit us at all? How do we continue to call play after play that would result with a 3 yard gain at most? How do we not at least give AJ Green more than 2 opportunities down field regardless of coverage? How do we not see a problem when we cannot run the ball to the left? And how do we not continue to run the ball to the right?
I will give you the answer. The Bengals are playing, coaching, and managing! I quit. I wish you and them the best of luck but I have wasted the better part of my life waiting, hoping, praying for this team to be good. Not great...just good. That says more about me than the team, and I will admit that. But I have failed and I cannot continue. Albert Einstein once said that the definition of insanity is "doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." I accept this definition and quit as a Bengals fan for I have been insane for too long...as my wife and daughter would certainly admit. May you all find peace. May the Bengals find success. You will all do so without my patronage or input. I wish you all my best.